Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics is the science of creating new and improved plant varieties that are higher yielding, more disease resistant, more nutritious, or simply of greater ornamental value. The Institute faculty actively engage in training of graduate students, the development of new crop varieties, and basic research on the genetics and understanding of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind. The Institute has a strong philosophy that modern plant breeding should be integrated with modern genomics and biotechnology to achieve maximum efficiency.

The Institute offers a Master's degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics. Interested students can apply for admission through the Institute.

An overall core curriculum for each degree ensures broad training, while providing the flexibility to emphasize topical areas of greatest interest to individual students. Each student will conduct their thesis or dissertation work under the supervision of his/her major professor and an advisory committee.

Our mission is to develop improved plant cultivars from agronomic and horticultural species of importance to Georgia, the U.S., and worldwide. Institute faculty train graduate students in modern plant breeding methods and conduct basic research on the genetics of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind.

Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics is an interdisciplinary topic. As such, one of the Institute's great strengths comes from its interactions and collaborations with other departments at UGA. These departments include:

Other units, centers and institutes IPBBG interacts and collaborates with include:


Wayne Parrott
Wayne Parrott Distinguished Research Professor
Crop & Soil Sciences Center for Applied Genetic Technologies (CAGT)

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The Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics is comprised of faculty located at all three College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' campuses: Athens, Griffin and Tifton.

Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
111 Riverbend Road
Athens, GA 30602
UGA Griffin Campus
1109 Experiment Street
Griffin, GA 30223
UGA Tifton Campus
Research Way
Tifton, GA 31793